by Lynn Blackburn
Last week, we took a look at the three main views in Scrivener—the Document View, the Corkboard View, and the Outliner View. You can read last week’s post if you missed it, More About Scrivener, Part 1 here.
Scrivener auto-saves your work about every 2-seconds. If you don’t think this is important then you have been very, very lucky.
Scrivener has a random name generator. You set a few parameters—first initial, meaning, gender, nationality—and Scrivener generates a list of names for your consideration.
|Screenshot #1 Random Name Generator|
Scrivener allows you to create templates for everything from blog posts to scenes to character sketches. Here’s a shot of my scene template. I have a few comments at the top of the page to help me stay focused on what’s important in each scene.
|Screenshot #2 Scene Template|
Scrivener has an option that allows you to “add a web page” to your research folder (or anywhere, but that’s the main place I use it). Scrivener takes the text from the web page you select and adds it as a text file, ready and waiting for you whenever, wherever. This can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to write and don’t have internet access.
You can also add your own text or files that you have saved on your computer into your research folder so they are all in one place when you need them.
As an example, I have web pages saved on topics that range from Myers-Briggs personality profiles to the CDC’s fact sheet on the hazards of chlorine gas. (Seriously, if Homeland Security shows up at my door, I will not be surprised. My web behavior has been questionable as of late!)
|Screenshot #3 Research|
Scrivener has built-in character and scene templates that can be modified to suit your personal needs. My favorite part? You can add an image! So if you have a celebrity, friend, co-worker, etc. who is the inspiration for your dashing hero, you can drag the image right onto your character sketch. (This may not really be all that *important*, but it’s just so much fun, I had to include it!)
|Screenshot #4 Character Sketch|
Scrivener is ideal for both fiction and non-fiction projects. There are templates built-in for everything from poetry to recipes. Writers of graduate theses, movie scripts, and book length non-fiction projects will find tools to help them organize their work.
Scrivener offers a true 30-day trial. Once it’s downloaded, you can use it for 30 days—consecutive or spread out over several months. This gives you a chance to play with it and determine if it is right for you before you plunk down any money.
Scrivener offers a discount to NaNoWriMo participants and winners. If you participate in NaNoWriMo, you can get 20% off Scrivener. If you win (50,000 words in 30 days, and yes, it can be done!), you get 50% off. And NaNo is right around the corner…
I’ve been using Scrivener for a couple of years and I’m still finding new ways to make it work for me. My writing time is limited, but the time I’ve invested into learning Scrivener has been time well spent.
So how about you? Have you tried Scrivener? Ready to take the plunge? Have more questions?
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Lynn Huggins Blackburn has been telling herself stories since she was five and finally started writing them down. She blogs about faith, family, and her writing journey on her blog Out of the Boat. Lynn is a member of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and the Word Weavers, Greenville. She lives in South Carolina where she hangs out with three lively children, one fabulous man, and a cast of imaginary characters who find their way onto the pages of her still unpublished novels. She drinks a lot of coffee.